The Gospel Coalition



Ben Peays

Executive Director
(Ph.D. ABD, M.Div.,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., Wheaton College) Peays is the former Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife and four children live in Austin, TX.

Collin Hansen

Editorial Director
(M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) Formerly an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, Hansen is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. Contact Collin at

Matt Smethurst

Associate Editor
(M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) Matt is associate editor for The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife Maghan have one child and live in Louisville, Kentucky, where they belong to Third Avenue Baptist Church. Contact Matt at

Kathleen B. Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives
Kathleen Nielson serves as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She holds MA and PhD degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Wheaton College. Author of the Living Word Bible studies, she speaks often at women's conferences and loves working with women in studying the Bible. She shares a heart for students with her husband, Niel, president of Covenant College from 2002 to 2012 and now leading an enterprise developing resources for Christian schools around the world.

Joe Carter

(MBA, Marymount University) Joe has served as the online editor for First Things and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the co-author with John Coleman of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway Books). Contact Joe at

John Starke

(M.Div. student, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) John is the lead pastor of All Souls Church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is the co-editor with Bruce A. Ware of the forthcoming book, One God in Three Persons: Upholding the Trinity's Unity of Essence and Distinction of Persons (Crossway Books). Contact John at

Josh Mathews

Operations Director
(CPA, M.Div.; Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) Josh comes from public accounting to aid The Gospel Coalition in operations and events. Contact Josh at

Bill Walsh

Director of International Outreach
Bill Walsh is Director of International Outreach for The Gospel Coalition. He worked for Desiring God Ministries for 13 years. Starting in 2006, he and a small team built a global network of partners for the cause of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. This initiative joined TGC in 2012. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in Minneapolis and has two adult children, Beau and Regan. Contact Bill at

Hannah Moody

Creative Director
Hannah comes from a print and interactive background to help The Gospel Coalition with all things visual, both online and at events. Contact Hannah at

Andy Naselli

Administrator of Themelios
(Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Bob Jones University) Dr. Naselli also serves as research manager for D.A. Carson and is the author of Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology. Contact Andy at

Brian Tabb

Managing Editor of Themelios
(Ph.D., London School of Theology; M.Th., Luther Seminary; M.A., Bethlehem College and Seminary; M.A., B.A.,Wheaton College)
Brian is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Assistant Dean at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. Contact Brian at

Seth Magnuson

Translated Content Strategies Director
Seth develops and leads translation teams while providing overall strategy for our non-English content. He establishes international partnerships, oversees translated media including live event interpretation subtitled video and translated audio, leads non-English social media efforts and develops apps--which help us produce thousands of resources each year. He previously served in a similar role for 6 years at Desiring God. Seth and his wife have two adopted children and (currently) live in Minneapolis, MN.